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Do not work there more then a few years, any longer will hurt your career.

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Former Employee - IT Analyst in Edmonton, AB
Former Employee - IT Analyst in Edmonton, AB

I worked at IBM full-time (more than 10 years)

Pros

work at home option, though that could be seen as a negative as could be working all hours of day and weekends

Cons

The pay was below market value, and either no raise, or 1 percent, well below inflation and cost of living. Bonus program not meaningful as well, so no incentive to exceed, as no reward in the end.

Moral is terrible, the people are good, just don't care as the life has been taken out of them. Company does not seem willing to try to increase it either, even the smallest things might help, but management would never get it approved if they wanted.

To difficult to focus on work, as company throws to many road blocks at employees, smallest change requires a lot of paperwork and process to get through.

To many new processes coming in, which are not properly implemented and poor tools. Process owners do not even understand the processes they are implementing.

Would not recommend to a person who wants a long term career with IBM, a few years is more then enough. Get some experience working on some projects or enterprise software and systems, and then move on. Anymore and you will be doing your career a disservice as no way to advance or even make enough to support your family over the long run.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Care about your employees, I went to a new place, that cares, and makes the world of difference. Work way harder then I have in the last 5 or 6 years at IBM and I love it. Small things make the difference. Also reexamine your Pay, as it is woefully low for technical people, and when the economy turns around, IBM might no longer be able to attract local people, as they struggle right now. Can't do everything from India.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Not too much fun to work in IBM

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    Current Employee - Senior Database Administrator in Markham, ON
    Current Employee - Senior Database Administrator in Markham, ON

    I have been working at IBM full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    work time is flexable and the current location closes to my home

    Cons

    Too many layers of management, the team belongs to both regional department as well as function department, the staff has to report to many different bosses, actually I should say countless bosses, they might be PDM Manager, GDF Pool Manager, Client account Manager, Project Manager, team lead and more

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Relaxed but not so productive

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Edmonton, AB
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Edmonton, AB

    I worked at IBM full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    This review is for IBM Canada. Workplace is very laid back. People come in at 8:30 in the morning and leave around 4:30 in the afternoon, and even earlier if the boss leaves early. Everyone has his/her own little office and there is very little supervision as long as one finishes his/her assigned tasks on time.

    Cons

    Not a highly intellectual environment. The work itself was bland and there was no strong motivation to really work hard and achieve something. Communication between coworkers was limited, as people tend to stay in their own offices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give employees reasons to be proud of what they are making so they want to make a difference.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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